Rua Read takes the lead in the Women’s competition with a P.B. ride as Challenge by Choice complete a clean sweep of stage wins
Men’s B classification Leaders: Overall – Peter Kocher, Mountains – Alex Gagnon, Points – Dwayne Kress
The Original Time Trial never fails to sort out the field, and on what proved to be a tough weekend for many riders, this week’s stage was no exception. In the end the top end of the stage classification was dominated by the riders from Challenge by Choice, Squamish who have shone throughout this season; locking out 4 of the top 5 places with Dwayne Kress, Volker Schneider, Mike Kleso and Martin Caron all putting down more than 300 Watts to lock-down the big points. Kress was again the stage winner in a new P.B. of 35:43.7; still some way short of the course record of 33:45.9 set back in 2010 but well clear of the field on the day. The closest challenger to Kress this week was the one rider in the top 5 not from Challenge by Choice with series debutant Charlie Bryer (Watts Up Cycling, Toronto) starting with a bang; he finished in a time of 36:58.9, well clear of third place finisher and second overall Volker Schneider (Challenge by Choice, Squamish; 37:39.8). Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) remains 3rd overall.
Whilst Kress has the overall sewn up with maximum points so far in the men’s classification, there has been a change of leadership in the Women’s competition. Rua Read (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) has made it two wins in a row and climbs above pre-stage leader Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) by virtue of her 3 bonus points this week. Read won the stage in 40:07.0 ahead of Knowles who finished 30 seconds down on her time from stage 3 in 41:31.6 for second place. Keeping with the theme of Challenge by Choice dominance, there was room on the podium for a second Squamish rider as Carlee Grant finished 3rd in 42:14.2 for her best finish of the season. Summer Ohlendorf’s 4th place finish on the stage was enough to see her hold on to 3rd place overall ahead of Grace Menning (Peak Centre, Vancouver).
Having won on this course on stage 3, and then beating that time this week, Ride Brooklyn’s Peter Kocher would have been confident of bagging another 30 points to reinforce his position at the top of the standings. As it was however, many of the Men’s B field had also improved and whilst Kocher holds on to his commanding lead at the top of the standings, he could only manage 6th place on the stage. The stage win went to yet another Challenge by Choice rider with Grant Wilburn improving week on week to climb up the standings. He completed the 22.53 km course in 39:41.5, just 8 seconds ahead of Luc Dube (Peak Centre, Ottawa) who also scored his biggest points haul of the year with a finish in 39:49.8. He himself was only just ahead of Brent Rosvald (Ascent Performance, Canmore) who also put in strong ride for 3rd in 40:17.6. With Kocher the only rider in the podium spots overall the top three remain unchanged with Kocher leading David Mott (SBR Coaching, Verona) and Jean Francois Filion (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville).
Challenge by Choice have had a strangle hold on the women’s B classification for several weeks now, and they locked out the podium spots on the stage to make it a two way fight for the overall win. Louise Chamberlain and Jane Pannell are now only 1 point apart at the top of the standings, and with a 3rd and 2nd place finish respectively this week in 46:28.9 and 46:42.7 there seems to be no hope of catching them at the top of the standings. There was one rider who had the better of them this week however, with Annerieke Vanhoek taking over 3 minutes off her stage 3 time to win the stage in 46:04.1. Karine Meilleur (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) remains on the podium in 3rd.
Richard Savage completed the set of Challenge by Choice stage wins in the Men’s C classification with a win in 41:53.3, and whilst the other overall contenders Jeremy Kehoe (The Bike Hub, Norwich) and Mark Boothroyd (Peak Centre, Vancouver) could not threaten the top times this week it was left to some of the other top 10 riders to challenge Savage. 9th place overall Willy Vanservenant (Natural High Fitness, Okotoks) came second in 42:49.3 and Wayne Swallow (Watts Up Cycling, Toronto) was third in 43:02.1.
Next week’s stage, a net downhill course dubbed “The Chain Catcher” looks like a real challenge where a long downhill start leads into a very difficult finish with multiple steep gradient changes and will test fatigued riders’ concentration.
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